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Maplesoft CEO To Speak at Toronto R&D Conference
Jim Cooper to Discuss Harnessing the Power of Math in Supercharging the Product Development Cycle

WATERLOO, CANADA, February 7, 2005 – Maplesoft™, the leading provider of high-performance software tools for engineering, science and mathematics, announced today that President and CEO Jim Cooper will speak at the 3rd Annual Fast Product Development for the R&D Community Conference in Toronto. Mr. Cooper’s presentation, which will be held Tuesday, February 22 at 4:30 p.m., will focus on harnessing the power of math to supercharge the product development cycle.

Good design matters. While less than 10 percent of all project funds are spent in the design stage, 85 percent of all costs are determined by decisions made in that stage. Consequently, investment in design brings 2½ to 20 times greater ROI than investment in any other product stage.

"Despite the critical and time intensive nature of research and development, engineers traditionally have used a limited set of technical productivity tools," said Mr. Cooper. "That is changing. Modern tools, such as interactive math software, make it easy to not only find a design solution, but the mathematically optimized best solution. By also documenting the results and capturing the thinking and analysis, interactive math software enables companies to leverage and reuse their design knowledge when developing multiple products. I look forward to discussing how this powerful tool can be unleashed as a corporate asset to drive quality, competitiveness and overall corporate performance."

The 3rd Annual Fast Product Development for the R&D Community Conference, which will be held February 21-23 in the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, is designed for business unit leaders, directors and CEOs. The conference will feature many industry leaders who have tackled the tough issues and challenges of streamlining their internal R&D processes. In addition to Maplesoft, other companies scheduled to present include Xerox Research Centre of Canada, Bombardier Aerospace, Ernst & Young, and Open Text.

About Maplesoft
Maplesoft is a world leader in mathematical and analytical software. Its suite of products include Maple 9.5, the standard among interactive mathematical software; MapleNet, a comprehensive mathematical infrastructure for the Web; and Maple T.A., a system for automated grading of mathematics tests. Maplesoft products embody the most advanced and integrated technology for both numeric and symbolic solution of complex problems. Its standards-compliant algorithms are renowned for their speed, accuracy and reliability. In addition, Maplesoft leads the market with innovations that make the management of technical knowledge – whether in industry, or in a classroom – more effective and efficient. Over two million users at thousands of organizations benefit from advanced Maple technology. Maplesoft’s commercial customer base includes Boeing, Bosch, Canon and NASA. Additionally, virtually every major university and research institute in the world, including MIT, Stanford, Oxford and Waterloo, has adopted Maple products to enhance their education and research activities. For more information, visit

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Maria Bo
519.747.2373 ext.289

David Resnic
Schwartz Communications